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Education and Research

Education and Research

Higher education has long been one of the cornerstones of Adelaide's international appeal and continues to drive growth in the city.

Adelaide has produced Australia's highest number of Nobel Prize winners - three of Australia's 13 – and about 100 Rhodes Scholars are former Adelaide alumni.

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Over 30,000 international students predominantly from China, India and South East Asia study in South Australia every year at world acclaimed universities and education providers.

International education is South Australia's largest service export, and sixth top export overall, generating more than $924 million in income for the state in 2013. The industry creates upwards of 7400 local jobs.

With three lauded public universities (University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University), campuses of two of the world's best universities (Torrens University Australia and Carnegie Mellon) and many private, specialist and training institutions, Adelaide offers great diversity in further education.

This strong trend also produces a highly-skilled and specialised workforce for local employers to choose from.

University and commercially-based research and development in Adelaide have led international change in the biotechnology, agriculture, winemaking, animal science and information technology fields.

These close links have been formed by a strong ethos towards research in the public and private sectors.

Adelaide marked the beginning of a new era in late 2013 with the opening of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. More than 700 researchers from the universities and New Royal Adelaide Hospital, conveniently located alongside, will forge new pathways in an industry hungry for growth and excellence.


$1.2 billion

Current projects in the pipeline


Total International Students (2014) 


Total Tertiary Students (2014)